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Mornin! This is Sean McNulty and here’s the Hollywood + Media news to know on MONDAY December 6, 2021.
Where 70-somethings Jim & Renee Stanley of Oklahoma won the internet last week - they were enjoying their good seats for the OKC THUNDER NBA Game, and began chatting up the stylishly dressed young man sitting next to them, who apparently goes by the name DRAKE (🤷♂️).
He posted a pic on his INSTA with “his new parents”… who had no idea who DRAKE was and well, the internet took care of the rest.
It was Renee ftw, summing things up perfectly: “At the end of the game, he stood up to look at me and I said, ‘Drake, you are just lovely” And he kissed my hand."
AND: The College Football BCS Championship games are set for New Years Eve:
ALABAMA vs CINCINNATI (330p on ESPN)
GEORGIA vs MICHIGAN (730p on ESPN)
The winners will face off in the Championship game on January 10 (other bowl game matchups in the link).
📽 THE SILVER SCREEN
Not many details known, other than Joseph Kosinski will direct (“Top Gun: Maverick”, “Oblivion”), and Ehren Kruger (“The Ring”, “Transformers” movies) is the writer attached. F1 driver Lewis Hamilton is also involved in… some capacity. So we’ll see what company buys the most DE’LONGHI coffee machines to show their dedication. /THR
“Encanto” : $13 Million ($116 Million global)
Down 53% from the THANKSGIVING Fri-Sun period
“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” : $10 Million ($102 Million US, $145 Million global)
Down 57% from THANKSGIVING weekend
“House of Gucci” : $7 Million ($33 Million US, $67 Million global)
Also down 53% from THANKSGIVING Fri-Sun total
“Christmas with the Chosen” : $4 Million ($9 Million 5-day US total)
A Christian/faith-based movie (in case the title didn’t give it away)
“Eternals” : $4 Million ($156 Million US, $384 Million global)
“Shang-Chi” topped out at $418 Million so this should come pretty close, and beat “Black Widow” ($376 Million) although that has the DIS+ rentals factor.
ELSEWHERE AT THE BOX OFFICE
“Licorice Pizza” stayed in just 4 theaters (1 LA, 3 NYC), had a $56k per screen average. Has made $760k from those 4 theaters so far
“King Richard” likely won’t hit $20 Million in the US (currently at $13 Million). Has a $21 Million global total
“Last Night in Soho” is topping out at $22 Million global
“Belfast” hit $6 Million in the US, where it also hit PVOD this weekend
“The French Dispatch” hit $15 Million in the US, but will very likely not hit $20 Million
ALSO IN MOVIES
Tom Holland says he’s playing Fred Astaire in a biopic at SONY, produced by Amy Pascal. SONY had no comment, his deal apparently is not done nor is there a greenlight.
AMAZON PRIME is also doing a “Fred & Ginger” project starring Jamie Bell as Fred, and Margaret Qualley is Ginger. /Deadline
Director Antoine Fuqua (“The Equalizer”, “Training Day”) sets first-look film & docu deal with NETFLIX. He recently did the Jake Gyllenhaal 911-operator pic “The Guilty” there, but his next films are at APPLE TV+ (Will Smith’s “Emancipation”) and AMAZON PRIME (“The Terminal List” with Chris Pratt). /Variety
📺 THE TV SET
8 epsiodes of “The Boys: Diabolical” will premiere in 2022, and feature stories from folks like Awkwafina, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, and Andy Samberg.
Other than the series being an anthology/collection of stories from that universe… no real story direction details released. /Deadline
Movie is the action-adventure pic “Ghosted”, to be directed by Dexter Fletcher (“Rocketman”), and was written by the “Deadpool” guys Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick but no specifics on the plot.
Scarlett’s exit said to be due to a scheduling conflict - APPLE wants to get cameras rolling by February. /Deadline
That’s the lowest mark for NBC’s live musical events.
FOX’s Thursday Night Football won overall, their COWBOYS and SAINTS game got 11.3 Million
ABC’s Alec Baldwin interview got 4.1 Million in fast overnight ratings, though all will rise somewhat in final+same day ratings totals. /Deadline
ALSO IN TV
Jeremy Strong gets the NEW YORKER profile treatment, as “Succession” approaches its Season 3 finale this Sunday.
AND ALSO: A few Sunday TV observations
Aaron Rodgers is now essentially nowhere to be seen in STATE FARM ads during NFL games.
The NFL officially has a Gambling app advertising saturation problem. In addition to the annoying bombardment during games, there were literally 3 ads back to back to back in the ad break on CBS right after their 4pm games yesterday. Shortly followed by an ad trying to tell us how to gamble “responsibly” featuring an ex-NFL coach 🤦♂️ .
“60 Minutes” chose to ignore TIKTOK in their 13 minute story on how CHINA’s government is cracking down on capitalism, and making all private businesses give them their user data. No look at how the fastest growing US social media platform is based in CHINA, or how CHINA’s government took a sizable financial stake in TIKTOK parent company BYTE DANCE this Summer.
NOR any mention of the Trump administration’s unsuccessful mandate that TIKTOK US be spun off, due to the exact actions of the Chinese Government profiled in the piece - all while prominently featuring a Special Advisor to his administration throughout the segment. #60MinutesFail
💻 THE MEDIA BIZ
The NY TIMES gives the profile treatment to the triumverant of CONDE leadership: Agnes Chu - Prez of Condé Nast Entertainment, Anna Wintour - Global Chief Content Officer, and CEO Roger Lynch.
2021 US revenues are expected to top $1 Billion, still mostly from advertising. Subscriptions & e-commerce make up 25% of revenue.
ALSO IN MEDIA
As you probably saw… CNN fired Chris Cuomo, after discovering he didn’t tell them everything about his involvement in his brother Andrew’s sexual harrassment scandal… and a claim of sexual harrassment against Chris surfacing from his time at ABC didn’t help either. /NY Times
Get a front row seat to what it’s like in a day in the life of a popular Creator on TWITCH. Hint - the sub-header is “How long can any of them last?”. /Washington Post
🏦 STOCK NOTES:
VIACOM rebounded 5% ($31.07), otherwise a rather uneventful Friday.
AND: BUZZFEED goes public today as BZFD, as the rest of the digital publishing world watches for clues about what their future holds.
👩💻 NEW TO WATCH:
ESPN Monday Night Football - PATRIOTS at BILLS starts at 815p
ABC “A Very Boy Band Holiday” at 8p
NBC “Michael Buble’s Christmas in the City” at 10p
HBO “Landscapers” - 4 part limited series, Olivia Colman, David Thewlis at 9p
NETFLIX “VOIR” - Visual essays about movies and cinema from David Fincher. Stream or Add to Your List here
If you were sent this newsletter or… just kinda found it:
🎥 TRAILER HOUSE
HBOMAX “The Peacemaker” series trailer - Premieres Thu Jan 13
PARAMOUNT+ “1883” series trailer - (Very distant) prequel to “Yellowstone”, with Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Sam Elliot. Premieres Sun Dec 19
HBOMAX “Finding Magic Mike” trailer - Magic Mike, the Vegas cast reality show. Premieres Thu Dec 16.
AMAZON PRIME “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” teaser #4 - naturally centered on Joel (and Mei).
🕵️♂️ THE WEEK AHEAD
TUE - ABC ”Diff’rent Strokes” and “The Facts of Life” event; PEARL HARBOR Remembrance Day
WED - We might get some snow in NYC 😨
THU - SATC returns to HBO(MAX) with “And Just Like That…”
FRI - “West Side Story” dips a toe back into the “are older audiences are ready to return to the theater” conversation
🎧 PLAYING ME OFF
ARIANA GRANDE & KID CUDI “Just Look Up” from the Adam McKay NETFLIX satire with Leo & J Law, “Don’t Look Up”, with some fun lyrics to hear Grande-style… “Get your head out of your ass… and listen to the goddamn qualified scientists”
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